Traditional falafel is deep-fried, but this pan-seared version is much lower in fat.

Martha Stewart Living, June 1997


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  • Combine half the chickpeas, the onion, lemon juice, 4 teaspoons water, zucchini, cayenne, cumin, coriander, baking soda, salt, and pepper in a food processor. Process until smooth. Transfer mixture to a large bowl. Add remaining chickpeas to processor, and pulse just until lumpy (should still have some texture), six to eight pulses. Stir into chickpea mixture. Stir in the herbs.

  • Use your hands to pat the mixture into twelve 2-inch patties, each weighing about 1 1/2 ounces. Place each on a waxed-paper-lined baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap, and transfer to refrigerator for 30 minutes.

  • Spray a nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Place skillet over medium heat, and cook 3 to 4 patties at a time, until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes on each side. Transfer cooked patties to a heatproof plate to keep warm in a 200-degree oven, if necessary.

  • To serve, toast pitas, and split them open. Arrange lettuce, tomato, and red-onion slices on each. Place two of the cooked patties on each pita. Sprinkle each with mint leaves. Serve with tzatziki.

Cook's Notes

Use canned chickpeas to save time; rinse well under cool water, and drain.


Reviews (3)

27 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 18
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
I have to say...I love this recipe. You do need to refrigerate them, although I do crave them and don't always do that. Probably squeezing out the zucchini would help too. Very crispy though...That's what sets them apart.
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1. The longer you leave it in the fridge, the better. If you make the mix a day before and leave it a day sitting in the fridge, the patties will come out easier to cook. 2. The nonstick skillet is NOT optional, people! This makes a huge difference when cooking the falafel. 3. I think the use of a flour, an egg or even sesame seeds to help bring the chickpeas together and for the patty not to break is needed. Very flavorful and healthy! Definitely trying it again!
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where are the nutritional values to this recipe? Why don't you post them w/your recipes? This would be so helpful.